Apple Wins Patent Complaint Against Samsung With The US International Trade Commission

Apple Wins Patent Complaint Against Samsung With The US International Trade Commission

Earlier today, Cult of Mac reported a Dutch ruling that found Samsung didn’t infringe on an Apple patent for multi-touch tech.

Later today, then, a judge with the US International Trade Commission, or ITC, filed an initial determination that said that Samsung is actually in violation of one of Apple’s iPhone design patents, as well as three other software patents. Two other claims were found not to be infringement.

Judge Thomas Pender filed the ruling today, according to CNET, which could lead to sales bans of Samsung products that contain the infringing software and design features. Of course, it will take the full commission of the ITC to make such a trade ban recommendation.

Samsung made a statement after the ruling that says, in effect, that the ITC ruling will lead to higher priced devices and that it is confident a final determination by the trade organization will find it blameless, reports CNET.

If left to stand, this initial determination could lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices for the American consumer. We remain confident that the full commission will ultimately reach a final determination that affirms our position that patent law must not be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. We will continue to take all appropriate measures to ensure the availability of our innovative products for American consumers.

Apple has not commented.

The original complaint came in July of 2012. In it, Apple accused Samsung of infringing utility and design patents in a variety of the Korean tech giant’s smartphones and tablets, including the Galaxy Tab. Apple pulled some of the patents at a later date, and refined some specifics in several others. All the complaints refer to older devices in this suit, while newer ones are named in a separate complaint which has not yet been ruled on.

The ITC hopes to make a final determination by mid-February of 2013.

With all the conflicting rulings happening here and abroad, is it any wonder that consumers are just sick of the whole thing?

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  • Gadget

    Hang on, let me get some popcorn and a pop first. This is going to be a great show!

  • Cortney Sauk

    I’m still trying to figure out how not being allowed to copy Apple’s patents (and overall look, see all new Samsung products coming out…lol) would make things more expensive for the consumer…

  • Bob Smogango
    I’m still trying to figure out how not being allowed to copy Apple’s patents (and overall look, see all new Samsung products coming out…lol) would make things more expensive for the consumer…

    The possible reason why Samsung thinks that it will ultimately be more expensive is because Samsung is giving an excuse to make people feel sorry for Samsung and to buy into Samsung, because Samsung is actually the violator and they are twisting it around to act like they are the victims and that the consumer will suffer as a result of Samsung losing the case.

    The AVERAGE person doesn’t actually analyze the validity of their statement, they just hear the statement and might agree because it makes people feel like they are being victimized as a result, because the average person is easily manipulated by BS, which is precisely what Samsung’s statement really is. BS.

    Bottom line, Apple was the victim in this case, Samsung LOST the case, but Samsung is playing the martyr role and act like the consumer is going to lose right along with Samsung.

    It’s called lawyer manipulation tactics.

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